Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Bible Boot Camp Week 7: The Doctrine/Actions of the Apostle Paul

First of all I would like to offer apologies to my fans for being MIA (missing in action) during week 6. For this reason I plan to double up for week 7. Thank you for your continued support, and with out further a due let us jump right into the lesson:

A lot of Christendom follows many different doctrines and dogmas. Most of the discrepancies and inconsistencies— both within and across denominations— stem from the fact that as you read the Epistles (letters) of Paul sent to the various churches throughout Mesopotamia and Asia it appears that the Apostle to the Gentiles is  hostile to the Law of God, the 10 commandments in particular. 
In this edition of Bible Boot Camp, we should investigate St. Paul and see whether he really is 
For or Against: Moses, the law and/or the prophets.  

We will Definitely deal with some of the things that he wrote and said, but as we all know, actions speak louder than words. Therefore i want to encourage the reader to pay close attention to what Paul "did!" 

First let us start with who the Apostle Paul actually was. His resumé should give us some insight on how to approach his writings.

"For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh. Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man thinketh that he hath whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more: Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee; Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless. But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ." Philippians 3:3-7

Consider this scripture for a moment. This means Paul was raised an Israelite; not only did he adhere to the Law as written by Moses he was of the sect of the Pharisees.  Touching righteousness Paul was "blameless." How do you suppose he became 'blameless,' by being a Pharisee. 
I realize that the Pharisees behavior was frowned upon by Jesus, but even Jesus gave the Pharisees props concerning the law. 

"Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples, Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat: All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not." Matthew 23:1-3 

If you recall the lesson from week 5, Moses is the second most important person written about in the Bible. Why? Because Jesus was/is that prophet that was like unto Moses! Acts 7:37-38,52

So, the Pharisees were the people learned and well versed in the scriptures. Like Jesus said they told the people right things, however, don't do after their works (obviously because they conspired to crucify Jesus).   
We MUST separate the office from those corrupted individuals because the Apostle Paul felt the office was important enough to explain it to the Philippians

Basically, the Pharisees were the educated people in Israelite society. Being smart and/or informed is not an abomination, for our God is a God of Knowledge! 1Samuel 2:3
The Commandments give you wisdom in the sight of the nations Deuteronomy 4:6
It made Solomon wiser than Asia and Egypt 1Kings 4:30
Daniel was among those that Children of Israel in captivity that were: skilful in ALL wisdom, cunning in knowledge, and understanding science... Daniel 1:1-6
Moses understood the ways of God and was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians Acts 7:10, 22 

So, being smart is not an abomination, a problem may arise if a smart person speaks to someone who is not as well acquainted with the subject matter being discussed (the point might 'go over the listeners head)
More often than not, this is the case when people deal with the writings of the Apostle Paul. Remember in Philippians, he was full of so much zeal he persecuted church, he described himself also with adjectives like 'blameless'.

Considering all these things, there should be no surprise when Peter wrote the following concerning Paul: "...even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you; As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction. Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness." 2Peter 3:15-17

Now then, rather than asking the question 'did Paul keep the Sabbath day,' lets just see what he DID.
" But when they departed from Perga, they came to Antioch in Pisidia, and went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and sat down. And after the reading of the law and the prophets the rulers of the synagogue sent unto them, saying, Ye men and brethren, if ye have any word of exhortation for the people, say on. Then Paul stood up, and beckoning with his hand said, Men of Israel, and ye that fear God, give audience." Acts 13:14-16

Now we are not concerned at this time with what he said, but notice that he is preaching to the people on the Sabbath day. Keep in mind Acts chapter 13 occurs at least 10 years after Jesus death and resurrection; some would argue, that he is preaching to Israel on the Sabbath day.  This is probably true, so let us continue to read:
"And when the Jews were gone out of the synagogue, the Gentiles besought that these words might be preached to them the next sabbath." Acts 13:42
After Paul's sermon to the Jews, notice that the Gentiles did not ask him to preach to them on Sunday even-though it would've been a perfect opportunity, seeing as how Sunday is the very next day after the Sabbath day (Saturday). They didn't even Ask!
So then what happened;
"Now when the congregation was broken up, many of the Jews and religious proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas: who, speaking to them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of God. And the next sabbath day came almost the whole city together to hear the word of God." Acts 13:43-44
And again in Chapter 17: "Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where was a synagogue of the Jews: And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures," Acts 17:1-2
There are two things to take away from Acts chapter 17;
1. He preached on 3 consecutive Sabbath days,
2. He preached Jesus Christ out of the Old Testament (scriptures) [but of course he did, when the city came together to hear the 'word of God' in chapter 13, the New testament had not been written down yet]!
And Again: "After these things Paul departed from Athens, and came to Corinth... And he reasoned in the synagogue every sabbath, and persuaded the Jews and the Greeks." Acts 18:1-4
Remember we are reading the Acts of the Apostles!
Seems pretty clear that Paul's acts was one of keeping the Sabbath day, Not Sunday.
What about the other 'Holy Days' that were written in Leviticus 23?
" And he came to Ephesus, and left them there: but he himself entered into the synagogue, and reasoned with the Jews. When they desired him to tarry longer time with them, he consented not; But bade them farewell, saying, I must by all means keep this feast that cometh in Jerusalem: but I will return again unto you, if God will. And he sailed from Ephesus." Acts 18:19-21

And again: " And we sailed thence, and came the next day over against Chios; and the next day we arrived at Samos, and tarried at Trogyllium; and the next day we came to Miletus. For Paul had determined to sail by Ephesus, because he would not spend the time in Asia: for he hasted, if it were possible for him, to be at Jerusalem the day of Pentecost." Acts 20:15-16
The day of Pentecost is also sanctioned and outlined in the 23rd chapter of Leviticus. But why was Paul 'hasting' to be  at Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost?
"Seven weeks shalt thou number unto thee: begin to number the seven weeks from such time as thou beginnest to put the sickle to the corn. And thou shalt keep the feast of weeks unto the Lord thy God with a tribute of a freewill offering of thine hand, which thou shalt give unto the Lord thy God, according as the Lord thy God hath blessed thee: And thou shalt rejoice before the Lord thy God, thou, and thy son, and thy daughter, and thy manservant, and thy maidservant, and the Levite that is within thy gates, and the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, that are among you, in the place which the Lord thy God hath chosen to place his name there...
Three times in a year shall all thy males appear before the Lord thy God in the place which he shall choose; in the feast of unleavened bread, and in the feast of weeks, and in the feast of tabernacles: and they shall not appear before the Lord empty:" Deuteronomy 16:9-11,16
The day of Pentecost is also known as the feast of weeks (This is also why the disciples were 'with one accord in one place' when the holy spirit was given in Acts chapter 2). The Lord chose to place His name in Jerusalem, that is why Paul was in a rush to be in Jerusalem during the Day of Pentecost.
Finally: "Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump? Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us: Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth." 1Corinthians 5:6-8
This is a reference to the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread as found in Leviticus 23:5-8 if you want to read on your own. The most important thing to be pointed out here is that 90% of people whom call themselves 'Christians' do not celebrate nor honor the Passover. Although in the New Our Passover'! If for no other reason, the fact that Christ our Passover was sacrificed for us we should all be fully aware of this day, and what it really means. Also Paul is encouraging us to keep the feast of unleavened bread; I wonder why 95% of churches never teach the feast of unleavened bread... I will leave it to my readers to go back to their respective congregations and ask that question.
Testament Christ is called '

Next, in the book of 2nd Corinthians, Paul is warning believers to separate themselves from the world, and quotes the law here: " Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty." 2Corinthians 6:14-18
What thing(s) is/are unclean? Or what is it that when touched, makes you unclean? The most talked about thing that makes someone unclean is what you eat. 

"And every beast that parteth the hoof, and cleaveth the cleft into two claws, and cheweth the cud among the beasts, that ye shall eat. Nevertheless these ye shall not eat of them that chew the cud, or of them that divide the cloven hoof; as the camel, and the hare, and the coney: for they chew the cud, but divide not the hoof; therefore they are unclean unto you.

And the swine, because it divideth the hoof, yet cheweth not the cud, it is unclean unto you: ye shall not eat of their flesh, nor touch their dead carcase. These ye shall eat of all that are in the waters: all that have fins and scales shall ye eat: And whatsoever hath not fins and scales ye may not eat; it is unclean unto you." Deuteronomy 14:6-10
"For I am the Lord your God: ye shall therefore sanctify yourselves, and ye shall be holy; for I am holy: neither shall ye defile yourselves with any manner of creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. For I am the Lord that bringeth you up out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: ye shall therefore be holy, for I am holy. This is the law of the beasts, and of the fowl, and of every living creature that moveth in the waters, and of every creature that creepeth upon the earth: To make a difference between the unclean and the clean, and between the beast that may be eaten and the beast that may not be eaten." Leviticus 11:44-47
There are other things that would make one unclean, most of which are found in the Old Testament; the Law; and the Prophets.
In conclusion: the doctrine actions of Paul, show us that he was an advocate for the the holidays Holy Days, and the Dietary Law of God. 
From now on, as you read through the letters of Paul, and it seems that he is contradicting himself, Moses, the Prophets or the old testament in general, remember Paul was sooo smart and well informed that what he is really saying is probably just going over your head, and you should pray to the Father in the name of Jesus for understanding. 
Remember, Jesus left the keys to the kingdom with Peter and Peter has warned you about how deep the Apostle Paul was!         
" "...even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you; As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction. Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness." 2Peter 3:15-17

May the Lord add a blessing to the study of His word in Jesus name.
Knowledge is The Key - Locksmif

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Week 5: If you believe not Moses you CAN-NOT believe Jesus: Who do you think Moses talked about?

 A lot of people try and separate the Old and New Testaments as if there is a different God that

dealt with Moses than the God that dealt with the Apostle Paul. 
The entire book was written about Jesus Christ from Genesis chapter 1 to Revelation chapter 22
Let us begin the synchronization of the testaments with the statement that gave me the title of this weeks Bible Boot Camp lesson... 
Jesus was explaining to the Pharisees about the witness of men, not being greater than the witness of God. He told them that the Father is His witness, however, since they (the Pharisees) respected the witness of men, Jesus told them about the greatest witness among men, whom even they respected. The statement speaks volumes, even to us at this day:

"I am come in my Father's name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive. How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only? Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father: there is one that accuseth you, even Moses, in whom ye trust. For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me. But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?" John‬ ‭5‬:‭43-47‬ 

Also the parable of The rich man and Lazarus reveals something to us about the importance of Moses in relation to Jesus Christ. 

"There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day: And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence. Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house: For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead." Luke‬ ‭16‬:‭19-31

The point you want to recognize in the parable is 1. To prevent the brothers from going to the place of torment, all that was needed was Moses and the prophets! {v. 29}
Even after the rich mans persistency, believing that all someone would need is one born from the dead to testify to them (like most of us would assume). 2. Abraham informs him (and us) that if you don't/won't hear MOSES, you won't hear someone who returns from the dead. And Abraham is correct, although One returned from the dead (Jesus), you CAN-NOT hear his words, if you WILL-NOT hear Moses words. 

When Jesus called the Apostle Phillip, He simply told him 'follow me.' However, when Phillip wanted to explain who Jesus was to Nathanael he didn't say, "my personal saviour has arrived," nor did he limit who Jesus was to any one of the details of His reason for coming in the flesh—

"The day following Jesus would go forth into Galilee, and findeth Philip, and saith unto him, Follow me. Now Philip was of Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph." John‬ ‭1‬:‭43-45‬ 

If you have read Moses and the prophets, you know who Jesus is, whether or not he was the Messiah etc.. through the details of his actions. 

After Jesus resurrection on one of the last occasions he spoke with the disciples he explained again to them who he was, and from where? Moses (and the prophets)!

"Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken:Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?  And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself." Luke‬ ‭24‬:‭25-27

Through this act Jesus is relating ti us, that Moses and the prophets is how you know about Jesus 1st Coming, as well as His 2nd Coming

May the Lord add a blessing, to the study of His Word.

LockSmif... Knowledge Is The Key

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Bible Boot Camp Week 4: Where Does GOD Want To Live

There is always a great and vigorous debate about If and/or When Christians will go to heaven. I, myself have participated in and even encouraged the debate.
While thinking about the topic for week 4, I decided to take the conversation away from us as people, and let the Bible speak on where God and/or Jesus Wants To Live!
It is my hope that thru this blogpost, the debate can begin to be diminished, because as Christians our desire should be to be/live where ever Jesus (Christ) is.

This Earth was not created in Vain, the Lord created to be inhabited Isaiah 45:18.
This is why man was created from the earth: "And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul." Genesis 2:7
the earth is 70% water
You must wash often because you are made of dirt.
Your body is over 70% water just like the earth.
Everything you eat comes from the earth whether meat or plants.
You can be sure, because anything left on top or inside of the ground  (earth) will eventually turn again into dust.

And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them.
According to all that I shew thee, after the pattern of the tabernacle, and the pattern of all the instruments thereof, even so shall ye make it...  And thou shalt put the mercy seat above upon the ark; and in the ark thou shalt put the testimony that I shall give thee.  And there I will meet with thee, and I will commune with thee from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubims which are upon the ark of the testimony, of all things which I will give thee in commandment unto the children of Israel. Exodus 25:21-22

God is God. God dwells in heaven, why does He need a sanctuary? Answer: so that He could dwell among them!

In verse 21-22 the mercy seat is where God sits. But God had a throne in heaven. Why a mercy seat on earth? To meet with Moses and commune with him.

In the book of Numbers Israel was commanded to set up the tabernacle of the congregation. Why?
"And it came to pass on the day that Moses had fully set up the tabernacle, and had anointed it, and sanctified it, and all the instruments thereof, both the altar and all the vessels thereof, and had anointed them, and sanctified them...  And when Moses was gone into the tabernacle of the congregation to speak with him, then he heard the voice of one speaking unto him from off the mercy seat that was upon the ark of testimony, from between the two cherubims: and he spake unto him." Numbers 7:1,5,89
Moses heard God speak with him from off the mercy seat.

Even when the children of Israel were in the wilderness they were instructed when they had to do defecate, to cover it up. Why? So that God would not have to look at it, the unclean thing, as he walked through the camp.

"Thou shalt have a place also without the camp, whither thou shalt go forth abroad:  And thou shalt have a paddle upon thy weapon; and it shall be, when thou wilt ease thyself abroad, thou shalt dig therewith, and shalt turn back and cover that which cometh from thee:   For the Lord thy God walketh in the midst of thy camp, to deliver thee, and to give up thine enemies before thee; therefore shall thy camp be holy: that he see no unclean thing in thee, and turn away from thee." Deuteronomy 23:12-14

In another place it is written, the Lord will take the whole EARTH as HIS POSSESSION! 
"Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure. Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion. Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession." Psalms 2:1-12 
Zion = Jerusalem; Jerusalem is his Holy Hill.
Jerusalem = Zion; the Western Ridge = Mt. Zion

Not only will God (Jesus) dwell in Jerusalem, the children of Judah will also be there with Him FOREVER:

"For, behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem, I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land... Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision. The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining. The Lord also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the Lord will be the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel. So shall ye know that I am the Lord your God dwelling in Zion, my holy mountain: then shall Jerusalem be holy, and there shall no strangers pass through her any more...  But Judah shall dwell for ever, and Jerusalem from generation to generation. For I will cleanse their blood that I have not cleansed: for the Lord dwelleth in Zion." ‭Joel‬ ‭3‬:‭1-2, 14-17, 20-21

In the book of Revelation after Jesus takes down the nations he inherits (or takes) the kingdoms of this earth, and he will rule the EARTH, FOREVER!

"And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever." Revelation 11:15 

David first captured Zion, being that David was a man after God's own heart, that may have something to do with why God wants to live there. Or maybe even the other way around, David was a man after God's own heart because he wanted to live where God wants to live...

"David was thirty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty years. In Hebron he reigned over Judah seven years and six months: and in Jerusalem he reigned thirty and three years over all Israel and Judah. And the king and his men went to Jerusalem unto the Jebusites, the inhabitants of the land: which spake unto David, saying, Except thou take away the blind and the lame, thou shalt not come in hither: thinking, David cannot come in hither. Nevertheless David took the strong hold of Zion: the same is the city of David...  So David dwelt in the fort, and called it the city of David. And David built round about from Millo and inward."2 Samuel‬ ‭5‬:‭1-7, 9‬

Finally, the most straight forward scripture about where God 'wants' to live, He actually swore it to David:

"The Lord hath sworn in truth unto David; he will not turn from it; Of the fruit of thy body will I set upon thy throne. If thy children will keep my covenant and my testimony that I shall teach them, their children shall also sit upon thy throne for evermore. For the Lord hath chosen Zion; he hath desired it for his habitation. This is my rest for ever: here will I dwell; for I have desired it. I will abundantly bless her provision: I will satisfy her poor with bread. I will also clothe her priests with salvation: and her saints shall shout aloud for joy. There will I make the horn of David to bud: I have ordained a lamp for mine anointed. His enemies will I clothe with shame: but upon himself shall his crown flourish." ‭Psalms‬ ‭132‬:‭11-18‬

The conclusion of the matter is regardless of where you 'believe' that you will go (grave, heaven, hell) after your time on this planet, the fact is that the God of the Holy Bible chose to live HERE (past tense because He chose it since the beginning) with His creation. The Earth is where God will dwell. Even in the Lord's prayer we recite 'thy kingdom come' because Jesus knew that in Revelation 22 the kingdom of God comes down from the Father out of heaven. 
So let's discontinue the debate about where we want to spend eternity, let it suffice us to spend eternity with our creator On The Earth.

May the Lord add a blessing to the reading and studying of His word in Jesus name.

Locksmif... Knowledge is the key

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Bible Boot Camp, Week 3: The 2nd Advent of Christ

You have made it to week 3 of Bible Boot Camp, and if you are reading this, it is clear that you desire to hear the Word of the True and Living God!
This week we shall ponder a topic that Everyone that I know has unwittingly said something that they didn't really mean. Most are ignorant of the request (wish) that they are making, when they make it.

Have you or someone you know ever been having a rough time in their life and said, "I will sure be glad when Jesus returns!" Or maybe something more similar to, 'I can't wait until Jesus comes back.' Maybe even during a church service when you were reading ( or hearing) about the goodness of God and confessed either in song or sermon that you wished Jesus Christ would return sooner rather than later.

I am here to reveal to all that are able to read this scribe that, YOU ARE NOT READY PHYSICALLY, MENTALLY, PSYCHOLOGICALLY, OR SPIRITUALLY for the 2nd Advent of Christ!

To make my point we should begin with the 6th seal in the book of Revelation. Everyone whom has ever read the book of Revelation knows that there are all kinds of scary things contained therein. I will tell you now and prove to you later that those things mentioned in the book of Revelation were most usually spoken of somewhere else in the Bible (usually the Old Testament).

13 And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.
14 And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.
15 And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;
16 And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:
17 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand? Revelation 6:13-17
Pay attention to the things that happen before you see the lamb, these are tell-tale signs to let us know what time period we are talking about.  We see things happening in the atmosphere, but take a moment to consider what marvelous thing must happen for "Chief Captains" and "Mighty Men" to call for rocks and mountains to "Fall on them" in order to 'hide' them from the face of God.
Verse 15 also lets us know that after this thing happens we will be able to look up into the 3rd heaven and see the face of Him that sits on the throne. Verse 17 warns us, WHO SHALL BE ABLE TO STAND?
The prophet Zephaniah also spoke of the 'day of the Lord.'
14 The great day of the Lord is near, it is near, and hasteth greatly, even the voice of the day of the Lord: the mighty man shall cry there bitterly.
15 That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness,
16 A day of the trumpet and alarm against the fenced cities, and against the high towers.
17 And I will bring distress upon men, that they shall walk like blind men, because they have sinned against the Lord: and their blood shall be poured out as dust, and their flesh as the dung. Zephaniah 1:14-18
But some sisters and brothers desire the day of the Lord.
The Prophet Amos issued a warning to those of us whom speak in ignorance like we desire the day of the Lord. In Chapter 5 it is written:
18 Woe unto you that desire the day of the Lord! to what end is it for you? the day of the Lord is darkness, and not light.
19 As if a man did flee from a lion, and a bear met him; or went into the house, and leaned his hand on the wall, and a serpent bit him.
20 Shall not the day of the Lord be darkness, and not light? even very dark, and no brightness in it?

Imagine being chased by a lion, somehow getting away from the lion; only to be met by a bear! You run into a house to avoid the bear, and while leaning on the wall a snake bites you...
All the prophet is saying is that if you are around when the Day of the Lord happens, there is no escaping His wrath.
Howl ye; for the day of the Lord is at hand; it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty.
Therefore shall all hands be faint, and every man's heart shall melt... Behold, the day of the Lord cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it.
10 For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine. [there are those signs to let us know 'when' again]
11 And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible.
12 I will make a man more precious than fine gold; even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir.
13 Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth shall remove out of her place, in the wrath of the Lord of hosts, and in the day of his fierce anger... Their children also shall be dashed to pieces before their eyes; their houses shall be spoiled, and their wives ravished.
17 Behold, I will stir up the Medes against them, which shall not regard silver; and as for gold, they shall not delight in it.
18 Their bows also shall dash the young men to pieces; and they shall have no pity on the fruit of the womb; their eyes shall not spare children.  
Isaiah chapter 13:1-18
 {Leave a question in the comments if you are curious who those people that are the Lord's 'sanctified ones'; or who the Medes are}
If you follow this blog you are aware that the rapture is a fallacy. This is proven in Matthew 24, because by the time Jesus makes his decent, it is immediately after the tribulation.
"For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.  And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened...  Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the
 sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken
And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.  And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other...  Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left."   Matthew 24:21-41

God will not steal you off the earth, so that you can avoid the great tribulation. When Jesus returns it will be AFTER the Great Tribulation, Armageddon, and the taking down of ALL the kings of the earth!
So from now on, consider the people that you love, and your everyday life before you wish for the Lord to return speedily. Because before He can return, life as you know it must be turned upside-down.
If you would like to know the options that Christians whom wish to avoid the Great Tribulation have, leave your question in the comments box and I (thru the scriptures) will reveal it to you.
May the Lord add a blessing to the reading and studying of His word in Jesus name.
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